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Italy’s Safe Comes to North America

April 22, 2014 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Is Bringing Compressors, Has Fill Line of Equipment for Fueling NGVs

Italy’s Safe SpA, a compressed natural gas fueling systems supplier, has named Mario Pirraglia as president of its new Safe North America business unit, effective yesterday, April 21.

NGV industry veteran Mario Pirragia took over as president of the new Safe North America on April 21.

NGV industry veteran Mario Pirragia took over as president of the new Safe North America on April 21.

Safe SpA is a unit of Landi Renzo. The establishment of Safe North America is analogous to Italian Landi’s forming Landi Renzo USA in Torrance, Calif. in 2010.

Landi Renzo USA subsequently acquired Baytech and with it a line of certified natural gas vehicle conversion offerings.

Compressors First

Pirraglia has more than 20 years’ experience in the CNG industry, working for FuelMaker, BRC and for BRC distributor Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. He was with  Mansfield Gas Equipment after Mansfield acquired GESI. He has most recently served as senior VP at Mansfield Energy.

Pirraglia has also served as serving as chairman of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, has chaired of NGVAmerica’s marketing committee, and has been VP with the International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles/NGV Global.

‘Higher Levels’

Pirraglia told F&F that Safe North America will start with compressors in the U.S. and Canada as it determines the best strategy for selling integrated packages. In addition to heavy duty SW Series and other compressors for CNG, the Safe product line include dryers, dispensers, onsite CNG storage vessels, and metering gear.

SW Series CNG compressor by Italy's Safe Gas Technology

SW Series CNG compressor by Italy’s Safe Gas Technology

“I am happy to welcome Mr. Pirraglia as the new President of our North American business unit,” Safe SpA CEO Carlo Pedroni said in a release. “His background in the CNG industry is strong, and he brings to Safe a great deal of experience growing business through sales/marketing and effective channel development.”

3,000 Delivered

“Over the past few years we have achieved consistent progress towards our ambition to build the North America business for the Landi/Safe brands,” Pedroni said. “I look forward to the business reaching higher levels under Mario’s leadership.”

Since its founding in 1975, Safe has delivered more than  3,000 compressor systems worldwide.

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Source: Safe SpA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Landi Renzo Branches into CNG Fueling

June 4, 2012 in Biomethane, CNG, Hydrogen, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Italian Firm Moves to Acquire Safe Business from Agave

(post updated July 20)

Landi Renzo S.p.A., world leader in the supply of equipment for light duty gaseous fuel vehicles, is moving into CNG vehicle fueling via a $12 million acquisition of the Safe business of Italy’s Agave.

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